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This interactive graphing activity allows learners to explore the effects of gravity on light and heavy objects. First, students use a graph sketching tool to predict the Position vs. Time and Velocity vs. Time graphs for a light ball falling 2 meters to the ground. Next, they repeat the prediction sketches for a heavy ball. Graphs are then automatically generated to show data based on actual timed trials. As students compare the accurate results to their predictions, they perform scaffolded calculations to determine the slope of a line. By the conclusion of the activity, learners are expected to discover that: 1) heavy and light objects fall at the same rate of acceleration, and 2) acceleration can be calculated from data in a Velocity vs. Time graph. Appropriate for Grades 8-12.
Editor's Note: This resource gives learners a means to predict, quickly compare predictions with real data, and analyze why their predictions were right or wrong. It is one of the few resources we've seen in which universal gravitation, constant acceleration, slope of the line, and graphical representation of free fall can all be meaningfully explored in one class period. Includes lesson plan and assessment with answer key.
Next Generation Science StandardsDisciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)
Types of Interactions (PS2.B)
Crosscutting Concepts (K-12)
Patterns (K-12)
Cause and Effect (K-12)
Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems (1-12)
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (K-12)
Analyzing and Interpreting Data (K-12)
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions (K-12)
Developing and Using Models (K-12)
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking (5-12)
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)4. The Physical Setting
4B. The Earth
9. The Mathematical World
9B. Symbolic Relationships
9C. Shapes
11. Common Themes
11B. Models
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics AlignmentsStandards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)
MP.4 Model with mathematics.
Functions (8)
Use functions to model relationships between quantities. (8)
High School — Functions (9-12)
Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models^{?} (9-12)
High School — Statistics and Probability^{?} (9-12)
Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Graphing This interactive graphing activity explores the effects of gravity on light and heavy objects. It gives learners a means to make predictions, quickly compare their predictions with real data, and analyze why the predictions were right or wrong. It's one of the few resources we've seen in which universal gravitation, constant acceleration, slope of the line, and graphing of free-fall motion can all be meaningfully explored in one class period. Includes lesson plan & assessment w/answer key. Link to Unit:
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Motion in One Dimension This interactive graphing activity explores the effects of gravity on light and heavy objects. It gives learners a means to make predictions, quickly compare their predictions with real data, and analyze why the predictions were right or wrong. It's one of the few resources we've seen in which universal gravitation, constant acceleration, slope of the line, and graphing of free-fall motion can all be meaningfully explored in one class period. Includes lesson plan & assessment w/answer key. Link to Unit:
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Velocity and Acceleration This interactive graphing activity explores the effects of gravity on light and heavy objects. It gives learners a means to make predictions, quickly compare their predictions with real data, and analyze why the predictions were right or wrong. It's one of the few resources we've seen in which universal gravitation, constant acceleration, slope of the line, and graphing of free-fall motion can all be meaningfully explored in one class period. Includes lesson plan & assessment w/answer key. Link to Unit:
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